Within an hour after this blog piece is published, the news of Governor’s Spitzer’s resignation will be announced. Eliott Spitzer arrived in Albany with an aura of arrogance and a fierce belief that anything he would do must be correct because Spitzer was doing it. His belief in his own briliance soon angered just about everyone in Albany and the sordid attempt to use State Troopers in order to find possible dirt to use against the Republican State Senate leader sickened both Democrats and Republicans. Spitzer brooked no denial to his authority and views, anyone who dared get in the way had to be removed regardless of tactics employed in that pursuit.
in a sense, Spitzer shares several qualities with George Bush. Both have a messianic belief in their own infailibility. They are convinced theirs is the only way to do something. Both do not tolerate dissent within the ranks and all must follow the leader’s path to perfection. Both men share a common need to self destruct and at the end of both administrations, the public will only be happy to see both depart.
Spitzer’s need for self destructiveness is something only the former governor and a psychiatrist will ever be able to unfold. The tragedy of this comic opera of prostitution is not that it happened. The tragedy is how could Spitzer ignore the reality he was engaged in an enterprise that in most likelihood would be discovered but he went right on doing it. There is something almost comic-opera about the entanglement with a prostitute. But, if one believes he is above the law and in possesion of super powers, then it is only natural to engage in activities that eventually result in being discovered.